Whether you refer to it as spaghetti sauce or gravy, either way you’re going to use your bread to mop up the remainders, especially when you find an Italian restaurant serving up the best. But trying to find the best tiramisu, veal cutlets, homemade pasta or osso buco is never an easy task. Never fear. We culled through the Las Vegas dining scene to bring you the very best Italian restaurants. Mangia!
1 B&B Ristorante
Want an ingenious twist on Italian fine dining? Look no further than Mario Batali’s B&B Ristorante at the Venetian. You have to try the signature beef cheek ravioli with black truffles and crushed duck liver or the whole grilled branzino with summer squash and salsa verde. Joseph Bastianich puts together a fabulous signature wine list is replete with selections from every region in Italy that are even served by the "quartino."
2 Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
This off-Strip locale just moved into new digs early this year across from the Hard Rock Hotel, and the cooking didn’t miss a beat. Homemade pasta, sausage, breads, desserts and an award-winning osso buco make the menu. For the more adventuresome, try Trippa Calabrese or the Coniglio Brasato. The wines top the lists of Wine Spectator and Zagat. Chef Mimmo and father Gino are regularly in the restaurant ensuring that every dish and experience is perfect.
This ode to Frank Sinatra features chef Theo Schoenegger's modern twist on classic Italian cooking. The menu here features many of Frank's personal favorites such as spaghetti and clams, or osso buco. Sit inside in the dining room with iconic memories from Sinatra's storied career including his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in From Here to Eternity, his Grammy Award for "Strangers in the Night," and his Emmy for Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music or dine fireside on the charming outdoor patio.
4 Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare
When it’s the most authentic Italian cuisine you seek, head over to Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas, where Chef Paul Bartolotta has his fish flown in daily from the Mediterranean. Fans call this escape from reality with its lakefront setting “simply outstanding.” Look for homemade pasta alongside classic Italian specialties.
Consider Rao’s at Caesars Palace your home-cooking version of great Italian food. In New York City, it’s a VIP joint only, but in Vegas you can dish on steak bistecca sliced tableside, Rao’s lemon chicken, a classic veal chop pan seared and topped off cherry peppers and the meatballs, those meatballs!